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           To get started with gitweb, run git-instaweb(1) from a git repository.
           This would configure and start your web server, and run web browser
           pointing to gitweb.


           Gitweb provides a web interface to git repositories. It's features
           ?   Viewing multiple Git repositories with common root.
           ?   Browsing every revision of the repository.
           ?   Viewing the contents of files in the repository at any revision.
           ?   Viewing the revision log of branches, history of files and
               directories, see what was changed when, by who.
           ?   Viewing the blame/annotation details of any file (if enabled).
           ?   Generating RSS and Atom feeds of commits, for any branch. The feeds
               are auto-discoverable in modern web browsers.
           ?   Viewing everything that was changed in a revision, and step through
               revisions one at a time, viewing the history of the repository.
           ?   Finding commits which commit messages matches given search term.
           See;a=tree;f=gitweb or
  for gitweb source code,
           browsed using gitweb itself.


           Various aspects of gitweb's behavior can be controlled through the
           configuration file gitweb_config.perl or /etc/gitweb.conf. See the
           gitweb.conf(5) for details.
           Gitweb can show information from one or more Git repositories. These
           repositories have to be all on local filesystem, and have to share
           common repository root, i.e. be all under a single parent repository
           (but see also "Advanced web server setup" section, "Webserver
           configuration with multiple projects' root" subsection).
               our $projectroot = '/path/to/parent/directory';
           The default value for $projectroot is /pub/git. You can change it
           during building gitweb via GITWEB_PROJECTROOT build configuration
           By default all git repositories under $projectroot are visible and
           This file uses the following format:
           ?   One record (for project / repository) per line; does not support
               line continuation (newline escaping).
           ?   Leading and trailing whitespace are ignored.
           ?   Whitespace separated fields; any run of whitespace can be used as
               field separator (rules for Perl's "split(" ", $line)").
           ?   Fields use modified URI encoding, defined in RFC 3986, section 2.1
               (Percent-Encoding), or rather "Query string encoding" (see
     , the
               difference being that SP (" ") can be encoded as "+" (and therefore
               "+" has to be also percent-encoded).
               Reserved characters are: "%" (used for encoding), "+" (can be used
               to encode SPACE), all whitespace characters as defined in Perl,
               including SP, TAB and LF, (used to separate fields in a record).
           ?   Currently recognized fields are:
               <repository path>
                   path to repository GIT_DIR, relative to $projectroot
               <repository owner>
                   displayed as repository owner, preferably full name, or email,
                   or both
           You can generate the projects list index file using the project_index
           action (the TXT link on projects list page) directly from gitweb; see
           also "Generating projects list using gitweb" section below.
           Example contents:
               foo.git       Joe+R+Hacker+<>
               foo/bar.git   O+W+Ner+<>
           By default this file controls only which projects are visible on
           projects list page (note that entries that do not point to correctly
           recognized git repositories won't be displayed by gitweb). Even if a
           project is not visible on projects list page, you can view it
           nevertheless by hand-crafting a gitweb URL. By setting $strict_export
           configuration variable (see gitweb.conf(5)) to true value you can allow
           viewing only of repositories also shown on the overview page (i.e. only
           projects explicitly listed in projects list file will be accessible).
       Generating projects list using gitweb
           We assume that GITWEB_CONFIG has its default Makefile value, namely
           gitweb_config.perl. Put the following in gitweb_make_index.perl file:
               export REQUEST_METHOD="GET"
               export QUERY_STRING="a=project_index"
               perl -- /var/www/cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi
           Run this script and save its output to a file. This file could then be
           used as projects list file, which means that you can set $projects_list
           to its filename.
       Controlling access to git repositories
           By default all git repositories under $projectroot are visible and
           available to gitweb. You can however configure how gitweb controls
           access to repositories.
           ?   As described in "Projects list file format" section, you can
               control which projects are visible by selectively including
               repositories in projects list file, and setting $projects_list
               gitweb configuration variable to point to it. With $strict_export
               set, projects list file can be used to control which repositories
               are available as well.
           ?   You can configure gitweb to only list and allow viewing of the
               explicitly exported repositories, via $export_ok variable in gitweb
               config file; see gitweb.conf(5) manpage. If it evaluates to true,
               gitweb shows repositories only if this file named by $export_ok
               exists in its object database (if directory has the magic file
               named $export_ok).
               For example git-daemon(1) by default (unless --export-all option is
               used) allows pulling only for those repositories that have
               git-daemon-export-ok file. Adding
                   our $export_ok = "git-daemon-export-ok";
               makes gitweb show and allow access only to those repositories that
               can be fetched from via git:// protocol.
           ?   Finally, it is possible to specify an arbitrary perl subroutine
               that will be called for each repository to determine if it can be
               exported. The subroutine receives an absolute path to the project
               (repository) as its only parameter (i.e. "$projectroot/$project").
               For example, if you use mod_perl to run the script, and have dumb
               HTTP protocol authentication configured for your repositories, you
               can use the following hook to allow access only if the user is
               authorized to read the files:
                   $export_auth_hook = sub {
                           use Apache2::SubRequest ();
                           use Apache2::Const -compile => qw(HTTP_OK);
                           my $path = "$_[0]/HEAD";
               A html file (HTML fragment) which is included on the gitweb project
               "summary" page inside <div> block element. You can use it for
               longer description of a project, to provide links (for example to
               project's homepage), etc. This is recognized only if XSS prevention
               is off ($prevent_xss is false, see gitweb.conf(5)); a way to
               include a README safely when XSS prevention is on may be worked out
               in the future.
           description (or gitweb.description)
               Short (shortened to $projects_list_description_width in the
               projects list page, which is 25 characters by default; see
               gitweb.conf(5)) single line description of a project (of a
               repository). Plain text file; HTML will be escaped. By default set
                   Unnamed repository; edit this file to name it for gitweb.
               from the template during repository creation, usually installed in
               /usr/share/git-core/templates/. You can use the gitweb.description
               repo configuration variable, but the file takes precedence.
           category (or gitweb.category)
               Singe line category of a project, used to group projects if
               $projects_list_group_categories is enabled. By default (file and
               configuration variable absent), uncategorized projects are put in
               the $project_list_default_category category. You can use the
               gitweb.category repo configuration variable, but the file takes
               The configuration variables $projects_list_group_categories and
               $project_list_default_category are described in gitweb.conf(5)
           cloneurl (or multiple-valued gitweb.url)
               File with repository URL (used for clone and fetch), one per line.
               Displayed in the project summary page. You can use multiple-valued
               gitweb.url repository configuration variable for that, but the file
               takes precedence.
               This is per-repository enhancement / version of global prefix-based
               @git_base_url_list gitweb configuration variable (see
               You can use the gitweb.owner repository configuration variable to
               set repository's owner. It is displayed in the project list and
               summary page.
               If it's not set, filesystem directory's owner is used (via GECOS
               field, i.e. real name field from getpwuid(3)) if $projects_list is
               unset (gitweb scans $projectroot for repositories); if
               $projects_list points to file with list of repositories, then
               The repository the action will be performed on.
               All actions except for those that list all available projects, in
               whatever form, require this parameter.
               The action that will be run. Defaults to projects_list if repo is
               not set, and to summary otherwise.
               Revision shown. Defaults to HEAD.
               The path within the <repository> that the action is performed on,
               for those actions that require it.
               Any arguments that control the behaviour of the action.
           Some actions require or allow to specify two revisions, and sometimes
           even two pathnames. In most general form such path_info (component)
           based gitweb URL looks like this:
           Each action is implemented as a subroutine, and must be present in
           %actions hash. Some actions are disabled by default, and must be turned
           on via feature mechanism. For example to enable blame view add the
           following to gitweb configuration file:
               $feature{'blame'}{'default'} = [1];
           The standard actions are:
               Lists the available Git repositories. This is the default command
               if no repository is specified in the URL.
               Displays summary about given repository. This is the default
               command if no action is specified in URL, and only repository is
           heads, remotes
               Lists all local or all remote-tracking branches in given
               Shows the difference between two revisions of the same file.
           blame, blame_incremental
               Shows the blame (also called annotation) information for a file. On
               a per line basis it shows the revision in which that line was last
               changed and the user that committed the change. The incremental
               version (which if configured is used automatically when JavaScript
               is enabled) uses Ajax to incrementally add blame info to the
               contents of given file.
               This action is disabled by default for performance reasons.
           commit, commitdiff
               Shows information about a specific commit in a repository. The
               commit view shows information about commit in more detail, the
               commitdiff action shows changeset for given commit.
               Returns the commit in plain text mail format, suitable for applying
               with git-am(1).
               Display specific annotated tag (tag object).
           log, shortlog
               Shows log information (commit message or just commit subject) for a
               given branch (starting from given revision).
               The shortlog view is more compact; it shows one commit per line.
               Shows history of the file or directory in a given repository path,
               starting from given revision (defaults to HEAD, i.e. default
               This view is similar to shortlog view.
           rss, atom
               Generates an RSS (or Atom) feed of changes to repository.


           This section explains how to configure some common webservers to run
           gitweb. In all cases, /path/to/gitweb in the examples is the directory
           you ran installed gitweb in, and contains gitweb_config.perl.
           If you've configured a web server that isn't listed here for gitweb,
           please send in the instructions so they can be included in a future
       Apache as CGI
           With that configuration the full path to browse repositories would be:
       Apache with mod_perl, via ModPerl::Registry
           You can use mod_perl with gitweb. You must install Apache::Registry
           (for mod_perl 1.x) or ModPerl::Registry (for mod_perl 2.x) to enable
           this support.
           Assuming that gitweb is installed to /var/www/perl, the following
           Apache configuration (for mod_perl 2.x) is suitable.
               Alias /perl "/var/www/perl"
               <Directory "/var/www/perl">
                   SetHandler perl-script
                   PerlResponseHandler ModPerl::Registry
                   PerlOptions +ParseHeaders
                   Options Indexes FollowSymlinks +ExecCGI
                   AllowOverride None
                   Order allow,deny
                   Allow from all
           With that configuration the full path to browse repositories would be:
       Apache with FastCGI
           Gitweb works with Apache and FastCGI. First you need to rename, copy or
           symlink gitweb.cgi to gitweb.fcgi. Let's assume that gitweb is
           installed in /usr/share/gitweb directory. The following Apache
           configuration is suitable (UNTESTED!)
               FastCgiServer /usr/share/gitweb/gitweb.cgi
               ScriptAlias /gitweb /usr/share/gitweb/gitweb.cgi
               Alias /gitweb/static /usr/share/gitweb/static
               <Directory /usr/share/gitweb/static>
                   SetHandler default-handler
           With that configuration the full path to browse repositories would be:


           All of those examples use request rewriting, and need mod_rewrite (or
           equivalent; examples below are written for Apache).
                   # make access for "dumb clients" work
                   RewriteRule ^/(.*\.git/(?!/?(HEAD|info|objects|refs)).*)?$ \
                               /cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi%{REQUEST_URI}  [L,PT]
           The above configuration expects your public repositories to live under
           /pub/git and will serve them as
 , both as cloneable GIT URL and
           as browseable gitweb interface. If you then start your git-daemon(1)
           with --base-path=/pub/git --export-all then you can even use the git://
           URL with exactly the same path.
           Setting the environment variable GITWEB_CONFIG will tell gitweb to use
           the named file (i.e. in this example /etc/gitweb.conf) as a
           configuration for gitweb. You don't really need it in above example; it
           is required only if your configuration file is in different place than
           built-in (during compiling gitweb) gitweb_config.perl or
           /etc/gitweb.conf. See gitweb.conf(5) for details, especially
           information about precedence rules.
           If you use the rewrite rules from the example you might also need
           something like the following in your gitweb configuration file
           (/etc/gitweb.conf following example):
               @stylesheets = ("/some/absolute/path/gitweb.css");
               $my_uri    = "/";
               $home_link = "/";
               $per_request_config = 1;
           Nowadays though gitweb should create HTML base tag when needed (to set
           base URI for relative links), so it should work automatically.
       Webserver configuration with multiple projects' root
           If you want to use gitweb with several project roots you can edit your
           Apache virtual host and gitweb configuration files in the following
           The virtual host configuration (in Apache configuration file) should
           look like this:
               <VirtualHost *:80>
                   DocumentRoot  /pub/git
                   SetEnv        GITWEB_CONFIG  /etc/gitweb.conf
                   # turning on mod rewrite
                   RewriteEngine on
                   # make the front page an internal rewrite to the gitweb script
                   # defined list of project roots
                   RewriteRule ^/scm(/|/gitweb.cgi)?$ /cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi \
                   RewriteRule ^/var(/|/gitweb.cgi)?$ /cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi \
                   # make access for "dumb clients" work
                   RewriteRule ^/(.*\.git/(?!/?(HEAD|info|objects|refs)).*)?$ \
                               /cgi-bin/gitweb.cgi%{REQUEST_URI}  [L,PT]
           Here actual project root is passed to gitweb via GITWEB_PROJECT_ROOT
           environment variable from a web server, so you need to put the
           following line in gitweb configuration file (/etc/gitweb.conf in above
               $projectroot = $ENV{'GITWEB_PROJECTROOT'} || "/pub/git";
           Note that this requires to be set for each request, so either
           $per_request_config must be false, or the above must be put in code
           referenced by $per_request_config;
           These configurations enable two things. First, each unix user (<user>)
           of the server will be able to browse through gitweb git repositories
           found in ~/public_git/ with the following url:
           If you do not want this feature on your server just remove the second
           rewrite rule.
           If you already use 'mod_userdir' in your virtual host or you don't want
           to use the '~' as first character, just comment or remove the second
           rewrite rule, and uncomment one of the following according to what you
           Second, repositories found in /pub/scm/ and /var/git/ will be
           accessible through and
  You can add as many project roots as you
           want by adding rewrite rules like the third and the fourth.
       PATH_INFO usage
           If you enable PATH_INFO usage in gitweb by putting
               $feature{'pathinfo'}{'default'} = [1];
           in your gitweb configuration file, it is possible to set up your server
           so that it consumes and produces URLs in the form
                               Options ExecCGI
                               AddHandler cgi-script cgi
                               DirectoryIndex gitweb.cgi
                               RewriteEngine On
                               RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
                               RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
                               RewriteRule ^.* /gitweb.cgi/$0 [L,PT]
           The rewrite rule guarantees that existing static files will be properly
           served, whereas any other URL will be passed to gitweb as PATH_INFO
           Notice that in this case you don't need special settings for
           @stylesheets, $my_uri and $home_link, but you lose "dumb client" access
           to your project .git dirs (described in "Single URL for gitweb and for
           fetching" section). A possible workaround for the latter is the
           following: in your project root dir (e.g. /pub/git) have the projects
           named without a .git extension (e.g. /pub/git/project instead of
           /pub/git/project.git) and configure Apache as follows:
               <VirtualHost *:80>
                       DocumentRoot /var/www/gitweb
                       AliasMatch ^(/.*?)(\.git)(/.*)?$ /pub/git$1$3
                       <Directory /var/www/gitweb>
                               Options ExecCGI
                               AddHandler cgi-script cgi
                               DirectoryIndex gitweb.cgi
                               RewriteEngine On
                               RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
                               RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
                               RewriteRule ^.* /gitweb.cgi/$0 [L,PT]
           The additional AliasMatch makes it so that
           will give raw access to the project's git dir (so that the project can
           be cloned), while
           putting "gitweb" in the subject of email.


           gitweb.conf(5), git-instaweb(1)
           gitweb/README, gitweb/INSTALL


           Part of the git(1) suite



    Git 04/11/2012 GITWEB(1)


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